Johannesburg: South African all-rounder Lance Klusener is the early pacesetter for the World Cup's man-of-the-tournament award, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday, the first rest day of the event. Klusener's match-winning bowling against Kenya and his destructive late batting assault that almost snatched South Africa victory in the curtain-raiser against West Indies have put him in first place in the standings with five points.
A point behind Klusener, who was also man-of-the-tournament in 1999, is Dutchman Tim de Leede. The Dutchman shares second place with Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa) and Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka). The standings are based on the cumulative man-of-the-match results, awarded by the match referee - three for the winner, two for second and one for third.
Current standings: Lance Klusener (RSA) 5pts, Wasim Akram (Pak) 4, Tim de Leede (Ned) 4, Herschelle Gibbs (RSA) 4, Sanath Jayasuriya (SL) 4, Andre Adams (NZ) 3, James Anderson (Eng) 3, Ian Billcliff (Can) 3, Austin Codrington (Can) 3, Stephen Fleming (NZ) 3, Jason Gillespie (Aus) 3, Brian Lara (WI) 3, Thomas Odoyo (Ken) 3, Chaminda Vaas (SL) 3, Craig Wishart (Zim) 3.
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